A senior leader of an Egyptian anti - coup alliance has accused the country’s interim government of being behind an assassination attempt against Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim.
In a Thursday interview with Egyptian dailyAl - Masry Al - Youm, Diaa al - Sawy, the leader of the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, said the attack may be a “plot” by the interim government to justify a possible crackdown on pro - Morsi protesters, who have vowed to hold mass demonstrations on Friday across the country.
“We are afraid this incident, at this time, possibly aims to provide the excuse for a massacre to be committed Friday during the demonstrations planned by supporters of[ousted] President Mohamed Morsi, ” Sawy said.
Ibrahim survived a car bomb attack that targeted his convoy near his home in Cairo’s Nasr City on Thursday morning. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack that left at least 10 policemen and 11 civilians injured. Hours after the failed assassination attempt, Ibrahim appeared on state television and condemned the attack as a "cowardly assassination bid". Later in the day, the interim government issued a statement, pledging to continue fighting “terrorism with force and determination.” On July 3, army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that Mohamed Morsi, a leading former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, was no longer in office and declared the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmoud Mansour, the new interim president of Egypt. The army also suspended the constitution. Army officials said that Morsi, who took office in June 2012, was being held “preventively” by the military. On July 5, Brotherhood supreme leader Mohamed Badie said the coup against Morsi was illegal and millions would remain on the street until he is reinstated as president. Badie vowed to "complete the revolution" that toppled the Western-backed regime of former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The army-appointed government has launched a bloody crackdown on Morsi supporters and arrested more than 2,000 Brotherhood members, including Badie, who was detained on August 20. About 1,000 people were killed in a week of violence between Morsi anti-coup protesters and security forces after police dispersed their protest camps in a deadly operation on August 14. The massacre sparked international condemnation and prompted world bodies to call for an independent investigation into the violence.